GWR Special Saloon No 9005

9005 was built in 1937 as a saloon for special charter traffic or inspection train use. It is also known to have been used on the Royal Train, including having conveyed HM King Edward VIII shortly before his abdication.

It is equipped with a kitchen, galley, fridges, wine coolers, store room, guards brake and two seating areas. One seating area is equipped with first class seating for fourteen and the other is an observation saloon with seating for seven plus an area that can be used for setting out tables for buffets. It is corridor connected at both ends.

9005 was stored for two years at Meldon Quarry on the former London & South Western Railway main line in Devon, now the Dartmoor Railway, and was beginning to suffer damage from the Dartmoor weather where the North West corner of the moor suffers from greatly increased rainfall because of its position.
The vehicle is now at Buckfastleigh where it received remedial works to stop further water ingress and damage to veneers and carpets, followed by full renovation.
It was last used on a short length of isolated track in the forecourt of Torquay Station where it had been hired to the Luxury Alliance and was used in conjunction with an Edwardian style sleeping car to provide a hotel on wheels. 
But today, 9005 graces the South Devon Railway's prestigious dining train